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Mary Bromfield lived in an abusive household, prompting her to run away from home at a young age. Eventually she was picked up by the authorities and sent to an orphanage. Soon enough she was adopted by a kindly couple named Victor and Rosa Vasquez. Rosa and Vic had already adopted one child, a disabled boy named Freddy Freeman. One day while on the way home from school Mary and Freddy overheard a pet store owner talking about how they were going to sell a rabbit to a lab for cosmetic research. Deciding they couldn't let that happen Mary and Freddy stole the rabbit and named it Hoppy, bringing it home to take care of it. Soon enough Rosa and Victor adopted several other children, including Eugene Choi, Darla Dudley and Pedro Peña.
Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez decided they wished to adopt another child, this prompted the arrival of Billy Batson who was the same age as Mary. Billy was originally hostile towards the whole family but when Mary was attacked at school by children who were the sons of a wealthy a corrupt businessman named Bryers, Billy saved her.
A couple of nights later Bryers came to the door of the Vasquez residence accusing Billy of destroying his car, however Billy had been missing since yesterday. A news bulletin came on the TV warning residents of Philadelphia that a new super-villain named Black Adam was rampaging downtown and demanding that the new hero known as Shazam should face him. Freddy then told Mary and the other foster children that Billy was the hero that Black Adam was searching for.
Freddy told Mary and the other children that Billy was gifted magical powers by a dying Wizard, allowing him to transform into an immortal adult; cast spells, fly, and possess super-strength. Black Adam was an ancient Egyptian with the same gifts as Billy who wanted to steal Billy's power for himself. Mary and the kids found Billy at the zoo where he was hiding with a tiger named Tawny who he used to visit with his parents.
Bill decided the key to defeating Black Adam would be found in the Rock of Eternity—the Wizard's fortress at the center of existence. Mary and the other kids travelled into a subway tunnel with Billy, after claiming to talk to a woman on Eugene's ipad that nobody else could hear Billy rushed back out of the tunnel to face Adam. Mary and the others followed Billy out of the tunnel but were grabbed by Black Adam.
In the wake of the chaos caused by the Superman Theory, the bulk of the superhero community travelled to Mars to confront Doctor Manhattan. Mary and the rest of the Shazam Family were amongst these heroes. The combined efforts of Earth's heroes were no match for Manhattan, and they were quickly wiped out.
Sometime later Billy began behaving out of character, acting rudely to Mary and the other family members. After he got into an argument with the Vasquezs, Mary tried to get Billy to open up to her. Batson transformed and flew away, although not before assuring her that none of the foster children were his real family. The next day, Lady Shazam and her siblings helped evacuate civilians after massive damages were mysteriously wrought throughout the city. Mary speculated that Batson was responsible, as she believed he had been turned evil. Leaving her siblings to deal with the rescue effort, Lady Shazam began tracking her brother across the world.
Her search led her to the Greek Titan Atlas, who had been defeated by Shazam. Atlas warned her that Batson had been corrupted and was lashing out against any gods he could find. Moving on, Lady Shazam found her brother battling the Greek God of War Ares and came to the aid of the latter. Together, Mary and Ares tried to defeat Shazam, although he was able to best Ares and trick Lady Shazam into lowering her guard by playing innocent. By punching her in the gut, Billy was able to infect her with the corruption that was affecting him. As she transformed, Batson expressed that she was his only true family.
The corrupted were later freed from the control of the Batman Who Laughs, an alternate reality version of Batman who was responsible for Billy's infection. A short time later, the Legion of Doom was able to free the Multiverse's creator Perpetua from her eternal imprisonment. Her liberation was heralded with the sigil of doom lighting up the sky all across the Multiverse, a sight that worried Lady Shazam and Freddy when they saw it from their home. Shortly thereafter, Mary and Billy were two of the many heroes who assembled in the Hall of Justice to defend it against the armies of Perpetua's right-hand man Lex Luthor.
Powers and Abilities
- Transformation: After Billy bestowed the magic of Shazam on Mary and her foster siblings, Mary gained all of the same powers as Billy. By saying the word "Shazam" Mary can transform into a fully grown version of herself, possessing the power of a demigod.
- Superhuman Strength: Mary is able to fight toe-to-toe with godly beings such as Black Adam and the demonic Bryers.
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Magic: Mary is capable of wielding magic in a similar way to Billy, possessing a variety of magical abilities.
- Flight: With Billy's gift Mary is capable of flying unaided.
- Mary Bromfield was created by Otto Binder and Marc Swayze, first appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #18. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Mary Bromfield first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Justice League (Volume 2) #8 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
- Unlike other versions of this character, Mary is not known to be the biological sister of Billy Batson.
- 35 Appearances of Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- 15 Images featuring Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- Shazam! (Volume 3) #1
- Justice League (Volume 2) #8
- Justice League (Volume 2) #9
- Justice League (Volume 2) #18
- Justice League (Volume 2) #19
- Justice League (Volume 2) #20
- Doomsday Clock #9
- The Infected: King Shazam #1
- Justice League (Volume 4) #35
- Justice League (Volume 4) #36
- Justice League (Volume 2) #21
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